NWGA Scanner | May 5th, 2021
According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on April 22nd, 2021, at around 10:09 PM, a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 being driven by Lauren Higgins, 27 of Trion, was traveling south on Penn Bridge Road. According to the report, Higgins was traveling too fast for the curved roadway and failed to maintain her lane, exiting the west shoulder. The right rear of the Dodge made an impact with a tree on the west shoulder. The Dodge then traveled several more feet along the shoulder before returning to the roadway, with Higgins over-correcting her steering input. The Dodge then exited the east shoulder, where it struck an embankment with its front. After impact with the embankment, the Dodge overturned and came to a final uncontrolled rest in the upright position facing north off of the east shoulder. From initial impact with the tree to final rest was measured at 368 feet 1 inch. According to the report, Higgins stated to investigating Trooper Cain that she knew she was traveling too fast on the roadway. She further stated that a deer entered her path of travel, causing her to make an evasive maneuver. According to the report, Higgins was not wearing a seatbelt and had to be extracted from the truck. She was injured and transported to Floyd Medical via Redmond EMS. The trooper cited her for not wearing a seatbelt.